The Sawamura Award is handed out at the end of each season to the best overall pitcher in either league. They must also fulfill as many of the following statistical categories as possible (implemented in 1982):
Games - 25 or more
Complete Games - 10 or more
Win - 15 or more
Winning Percentage - .600 or better
Innings Pitched - 200 or more
Strike outs - 150 or more
ERA - 2.50 or less
This season the award goes to:
Hideaki Wakui (Seibu Lions)
(italics - tied in both leagues; bold - led either league)
Said Wakui, "It's difficult to get selected for this award so when I heard the news, I was sincerely happy. I was able to rack up a fair number of strike outs and I was the only pitcher with double-digit complete games so I thought I had a chance."
A Pacific League pitcher has won the award the last 5 years straight.
The last Central League pitcher to win it?
Kenshin Kawakami in 2004 when he was pitching for the Chunichi Dragons.
=== UPDATE 11/3/2009 @ 12:14pm JST
Other names that were up for consideration: